Photographing the built environment
It can often take several visits to the location to discover the best time of day or conditions to dramatise the geometric forms of the building. Even then it can be a waiting game for the sky to clear and sunlight strike. Patience is clearly a virtue in this regard.
Effective architectural photography is about telling, and sometimes selling, a story. Depending on your standpoint the desired image can vary significantly. For the architect, it is typically revealing the original design intent and capturing the building in context of the environment and inhabitants; for construction companies and developers it might be the ‘landmark’ factor of the structure; whereas publishers and editors often focus on the artistry and textural elements of the architecture. It all begins with clear communication and a complete understanding of your brief, long before the camera comes out of the bag.
Passion for architecture
It helps that I have a passion for architecture and urban design. Having spent a great deal of time working with architects I have a clear understanding of what makes them tick and the thought process that goes into designing a project from the butter paper to blueprint.
I have many favourites in Sydney and around Australia from the brightly coloured sculptural forms of Denton Corker Marshall, the geometrics of Lab Architecture and Glenn Murcutt’s sensitivity to the Australian environment.
When travelling internationally, projects by Koolhass, Gehry, Foster and Rogers invariably make it onto my shot list. That said, whatever the built form, be it a distribution warehouse, airport or an urban town house, I get a kick out of documenting its structure.
Gavin is a brilliant photographer. The quality of his work speaks for itself but more importantly, Gavin is a true professional. He can easily work to brief without a personal agenda and is reliable, driven and can be trusted to be an extension of your brand.Heather Norman, Head of Product, Marketing & Communications
Gavin provided an excellent photographic service on our recent branding project. Working at a variety of locations, over several days he ran with our creative brief and also provided inspiration and direction to compliment our ideas.Samantha Kasprowicz, Brand and Digital Designer
I cannot recommend Gavin highly enough, not only for his beautiful photography but also for the way he interacts with his subjects, puts them at ease and gets the very best results.Julia Thomas, Media & Marketing Consultant
I have known Gavin for more than a decade and always been a big fan of his work ... He has a meticulous and technical eye for detail, matched with a creative flair that's grounded in business reality.Richard Sauerman, The Brand Guy